Champions League preview: Victory v Daegu


Melbourne Victory kicks off its seventh AFC Champions League campaign at home to Daegu on Tuesday.


Victory is playing in Asia’s top continental club competition for the fourth time in the past six years.

It starts its Group F campaign against 2018 Korean FA Cup winner Daegu in Melbourne.

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Victory is looking to end a four-match winless run, which included a 2-0 loss to the Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

Despite having its chances, Victory was unable to find a goal, and defender James Donachie was sent off late.

Victory star and Japan great Keisuke Honda is in line to make his first appearance in the AFC Champions League.

Meanwhile, Kosta Barbarouses is one strike away from joining Kevin Muscat and Besart Berisha as Victory’s all-time leading goalscorers in the competition.

Barbarouses has already scored 11 goals this season, marking the second straight campaign in which he has managed at least 10.

Daegu played its first competitive game since December on Friday, drawing 1-1 against Jeonbuk Motors in its K-League opener.

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Match details

Melbourne Victory v Daegu
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

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